Wicksteed Park (< 1 mile)
147 acres of lakes, parklands, over 35 rides and attractions including Rocky River Falls, our famous Waterchute, Train, Double Pirate ship and largest free playground in the UK offering a perfect day out for young and old.
Kids Play (2 miles)
With numerous fun indoor activities, you are sure to find something the whole family will enjoy. Race friends on dodgems, brave the speedy drop slide and 4-lane astra slide, climb the 25ft climbing wall, ride the carousal, get creative in the toddler village, scramble through tunnels. Plus bounce on...
New York Thunderbowl (3 miles)
New York Thunderbowl
Family friendly tenpin bowling with cosmic effects and gutter guards with bowling ramps for the small ones. A great family activity.
Bugtopia (4 miles)
An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Laser Maze (5 miles)
Bruise-less, mess-less combat game played with infra red, played in their huge, 2700 sqr foot laser labyrinth on 2 floors filled with special effect lighting, great music and eerie fog! For over 7s.
Wellingborough Museum (6 miles)
Discover the history of Wellingborough and the surrounding villages through a collection that spans over 2 million years of history! Inexpensive Trench experience available. Family friendly and free to visit.
Stanwick Lakes (6 miles)
Unique adventure playground and assault course, plus a stunning indoor play facility, scenic active adventure trail, fishing, cycle hire, plus big sand and water play.
Aquatic Playground (6 miles)
Children here can play in amongst the interesting jets, Silly Showers and other interactive wet play features during summer: great idea if you are looking for summer family days out in Northamptonshire.
Rockingham Forest (6 miles)
Over 200 square miles to explore, with a great combination of ancient woodland, peaceful parkland, and open grassland. Historic features and stone built forest villages to discover, plus plenty of routes for walking, riding, and cycling.
AMF Wellingborough (6 miles)
Kids love bowling, especially when they can use a ramp and gutter guards to get an edge! Great family fun with plenty of supporting acts in the arcade. Bring your pocket money!
Sywell Aviation Museum (7 miles)
Sywell Aviation Museum
Discover the history of aviation in Northamptonshire, both civilian and military, with plenty to see, including aircraft cockpits, uniforms, photos, dioramas and more! Free parking, free entry and aircraft viewing area...perfect for the kids!
Fuzzy Eds (7 miles)
Indoor play area with loads of slides and fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Outdoor play too in summer.
Wacky Warehouse - Needle & Awl (7 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Needle & Awl
The usual Wacky Warehouse scenario, brilliant for letting the ankle biters run themselves ragged for an hour regardless of the weather: hooray!
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (7 miles)
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Railway museum set in a country park, that is home to a collection of exhibits and industrial artefacts, which include steam and diesel locomotives, over 30 items of rolling stock, a life size diorama of a quarry, and more!
Fermyn Woods Country Park (7 miles)
Fermyn Woods Country Park
Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest, the park offers access to fantastic woodlands, meadows, thickets, marshes and ponds to explore.
West Lodge Rural Centre (7 miles)
West Lodge Rural Centre
Handle the fluffy young chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs in Cuddle Corner and laugh at the antics of the pygmy goats on Goat Mountain. You can feed the ducks, groom a pony, watch and get involved in the ever popular piglet race! So much to do here!
Jungle Parc (7 miles)
Outdoor fun and adventure for the whole family in an exciting and safe environment! We have two courses, Adventurer Course for age 4+ and Explorer Course for teens and adults. Activities include monkey bridges, super fast Zips, Rocket Launchers and cargo nets.
Irchester Country Park (7 miles)
Irchester Country Park
This former ironstone quarry has a wonderful children's play area as well as a network of long and short trails through 83 hectares of mixed woodland. Also home to the Quarryman's Rest Cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway museum.
Splash Leisure Pool (7 miles)
Splash Leisure Pool
Their cool 25 metre leisure pool features a beach entry and a cool flume slide, plus spray umbrella and play jets! So add in lessons, swim club, Toddler Splash sessions plus an enormous inflatable assault course pulled out on special occasions!
Corby Boating Lake (7 miles)
Corby Boating Lake
The lake can boast a wide range of geese, ducks, water fowl and the resisdential swans. The recent environmental project has improved fishing stocks. There are also herons, gulls and kingfishers that visit the lake along with a host of woodland and garden birds.
Corby International Swimming Diving Pool (8 miles)
Corby International Swimming Diving Pool
Feeling adventurous? Enjoy the aquatube flume, Pirate Ship Fun Pool and four springboards (1 to 3m) with a 5m diving platform, as well as many other facilities. Creche also available.
Harrington Aviation Museum (8 miles)
Harrington Aviation Museum
Comprises the Carpetbagger Aviation Museum and the Northamptonshire Aviation Society Museum. These museums offer a rare look at life on this Top Secret base from where aircraft flew Special Forces and Secret Agents into Occupied Europe during World War 2. There is a picnic area, canteen and woodland walks.
The Race Club UK (8 miles)
The Race Club UK
An amazing indoor split level karting track, with a challenging mix of hairpins and corkscrew turns, plus a sweeping bend. For ages 8 and older. Great fun for all the family. Indoor Laser Tag also available.
Sywell Country Park (8 miles)
Sywell Country Park
Children's play area provided including sand and water play, plus open spaces for ball games and dog walking, small arboretum and heritage trail.
Elsies Pottery Painting Barn (8 miles)
Elsies Pottery Painting Barn
is a place to come and unleash (or even discover) your creative talents. Choose from our wide range of plain bisque shapes to paint and create your own pottery masterpiece to be treasured.
Cheeky Monkees (8 miles)
Play Palace, Toddler Town and Baby Bay for the varying age ranges, each packed with fun and energetic features to keep the kids busy. Maximum height restriction 1.45m.
Adrenaline Alley (9 miles)
is a large Urban Sports park with large indoor ramp courses, training areas and outdoor dirt jumps. We also have a photography and media studio and a music practice room.
Rockingham Castle (9 miles)
Set in a panoramic location, with views over five counties, the Castle has magnificently furnished rooms of several periods, and is surrounded by 12 acres of superbly contrasting gardens.
Brixworth Country Park (9 miles)
Brixworth Country Park
A charming and very physically accessible park, with a gnome trail, unusual sculptures, wheel chair accessible bird hide and stunning views over Pitsford Reservoir.
Berzerk Indoor Play (10 miles)
Berzerk Indoor Play
Family owned and run, this is a home away from home except with loads more stuff to play with! Big slides, deep ball pools and lots to climb on, this is just what the doctor ordered to get them a good night's sleep!
Northampton Trampoline Centre (10 miles)
Northampton Trampoline Centre
- is a purpose built trampoline centre welcoming all ages and abilities. Reach for the sky as you bounce on our Olympic sized trampolines. Our expert instructors will teach you how to perform awesome skills and tricks in a safe environment.
Wacky Warehouse - Quays Billing (10 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Quays Billing
There are indoor and outdoor play areas for the younger visitors, the Wacky is a purpose built building with safe play equipment for kids under 4ft 9ins tall. Pub now known as Quay's Billing.
Billing Go Karting (10 miles)
Billing Go Karting
Motoring experiences up to 40mph on their 300m outdoor circuit. The minimum age for driving is 8 years old plus minimum height of 1.2 meters.
Riverside Hub (11 miles)
The largest indoor play frame in the country, full of fun activities for kids aged 0 to 13 years. Dedicated soft baby area, Toddler Village, Climbing Tree, Go Karts and more in this exciting and educational world of play.
Harborough Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Harborough Leisure Centre
Great standard swimming pool but the Tiger Pool comes complete with Octopus slide and interactive water features, waterfalls, squirty fish, water dams and tipping bucket, making it suitable for the whole family.
Northampton and Lamport Railway (11 miles)
Northampton and Lamport Railway
A great steam and heritage diesel operated tourist railway, located in the Northamptonshire countryside at Pitsford and Brampton Station, just 5 miles of Northampton. Day Rover tickets for unlimited travel. Lots of events going on throughout the year.
Mini Mischiefs (11 miles)
- offer a huge multi level adventure play area 5.5m high with loads of slides and other features, plus dedicated toddler and baby zones and equipment.
Abington Park (12 miles)
Big park with historical features, plus playground and fitness trail, Abingdon Museum and also features a specific garden for the blind.
Barnwell Country Park (12 miles)
Barnwell Country Park
Park with 3 way marked waterside trails, numerous picnic spots, and a wealth of wildlife and facilities. Children's play area, Visitor Centre and Wildlife Garden, Orienteering packs available, plus a brass rubbing trail. Open all year and free to visit!
Harborough Museum (12 miles)
The newly refurbished Harborough Museum is home to the Hallaton Treasure, discovered in 2000 and one of the most important Iron Age finds in Britain.
Brampton Valley Way (12 miles)
Brampton Valley Way
14 mile linear park linking Northampton and Market Harborough with beautiful scenery, including woodland spinneys, traditional hedgerows and ancient meadows. Great for a family walk or bike ride. Open all year and free to visit!
Abington Museum (12 miles)
A free museum with an intriguing Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities, historic fashion gallery, displays on the Northamptonshire Regiment and huge collections of leather works including some really interesting costumes!
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside (12 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside - There are indoor and outdoor play areas for the younger visitors, the Wacky is a purpose built building with safe play equipment for kids under 4ft 9ins tall.
Hullabaloo (13 miles)
Expansive play frame and stylish play area featuring 3 different slides and masses of activities you won't find anywhere else. Parents welcome in to play too.
Si5 Spymissions (13 miles)
is the exciting spy themed adventure centre in Northampton for anyone over 6 years. Your Mission: infiltrate the ship and stop the terrorists from launching the missile! The mission ends with an adrenalin pumping escape, you and your friends will feel like real spies!
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (13 miles)
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Discover the history of Northampton and its importance in the footwear industry. See LOTS of shoes (they have over 12,00!), plus decorative and fine arts, and an archeology display. Free to visit.
Laserforce (13 miles)
An exciting, participation fantasy game allowing players to be the space hero that they have always wanted to be! An amazing 6 zones on 3 levels to explore: awesome!
Harrold Odell Country Park (13 miles)
Harrold Odell Country Park
A 144 acre country park sandwiched between the villages of Harrold and Odell 10mls NW of Bedford. It features 2 picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse with wheelchair and pushchair friendly paths round the main lake and outdoor play areas.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (13 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
Falconry centre offering a number of Experiences, including a half day with Owls and Hawks, and an Introduction to Falconry. Set in beautiful grounds of Holdenby House and Gardens. See a great range of owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons.
Coton Manor (13 miles)
Peaceful 10 acre garden with loads of lovely features to enjoy, including orchard, woodland garden, kitchen garden, and bluebell wood. Also has large nursery, a garden shop, and a seasonal cafe.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Kettering with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Northamptonshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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